March 14, 1984

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

CANADA POST CORPORATION

PC

Constantine George (Gus) Mitges

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, I, along with many thousands of Canadian business people, was deeply disturbed by the news reports that Canada Post is entering into an agreement to work hand in hand with Consumers Distributing to act as an active agent for that company. This is indeed unprecedented, unwarranted, and unfair competition for the private sector which has enough problems as it is trying to keep afloat in these difficult times.

If this scheme is allowed to proceed, Canada Post in almost every community in Canada would give Consumers Distributing an unfair advantage and unfair access to all the retail markets without significant community investment and contribution in terms of taxes and employment. Canada Post has all it can do to improve the postal service, and should leave the distribution of consumer goods to those who can do it best, the private sector. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I call upon the Government to take the necessary steps immediately to direct Canada Post to countermand such an agreement with Consumers Distributing and other similar hare-brained schemes which may surface in the future.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   AGENCY AGREEMENT WITH CONSUMERS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
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OLYMPIC GAMES

LIB

Pierre Raymond Savard

Liberal

Mr. Raymond Savard (Verdun-Saint Paul):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of all Canadians and especially on behalf of Quebecers, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our compatriot, Gaetan Boucher. At the Winter Games, Gaetan managed to win three Olympic medals, including one bronze medal for the 500 metres and two gold medals. There has never been any doubt as to Gaetan Boucher's athletic skills since he has been able to compete with athletes of his stature.

Mr. Speaker, I also would like to take this opportunity to praise the efforts of Sport Canada which for a number of years has been helping young Canadian athletes across the country.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that Gaetan Boucher is an inspiration to young Canadians who would all like their country to be proud of them some day. Three cheers for Gaetan Boucher, the world champion!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE TO GAETAN BOUCHER
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

PC

Thomas Gordon Towers

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Towers (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that it takes an average of 10 months for a veteran to get a ruling from the Canada Pension Commission upon applying for veterans' benefits. This is not acceptable. It is too long for a veteran in distress to have to wait. Add to that the length of time for the Pension Review Board to make a decision and you have a total of 19 months. That is an average amount of time. Many wait much longer. That is more than one and one-half years. I am told that the Bureau of Pensions Advocates takes five and one-half months. Add to this the more than two months that the War Veterans Allowance Board makes them wait, and I maintain that it is unconscionable to make our veterans wait that long for a decision.

I also think, Mr. Speaker, that a more compassionate attitude should be extended to our aging veterans, and much more consideration should be given to their health problems, many of which are due to their being burnt out from direct results of war experiences.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DELAY IN PROCESSING PENSION APPLICATIONS
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CROWN CORPORATIONS

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, my statement is with respect to Canadair. The Canadian Government is picking up a $3.5 billion debt on behalf of that Crown corporation. That is enough money to double the income supplements of every poor pensioner in the country and have $1 billion left over. This is a staggering sum, Mr. Speaker. Canadair has been staggeringly mismanaged. The new company could also lose money since it has orders for jet engines which it must continue to buy.

The Liberal Government has given Crown corporations a bad name in spite of the fact that there have been successes in

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Canada with Crown corporations at both federal and provincial levels. We have a mixed economy in Canada. The future role of the Crown corporation is indeed a challenge to the left, as well as being open to obvious criticism from the right.

I advocate three things. The first is that this mismanagement not go unpunished. The second is that Crown corporations be open to public scrutiny. Messrs. Strong, Bell, and Austin are strong individuals but are not really accountable to anyone. There should be a special parliamentary committee for Crown corporations which would have the powers of an American congressional committee. Finally, we should integrate Crown corporation strategies into a national industrial game plan. Then we will not have $3.5 billion spent to produce an executive jet. I find that a strange priority. It is a real blight on Crown corporations in Canada.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CROWN CORPORATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADAIR-DEMAND FOR PARLIAMENTARY INVESTIGATION
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THE ECONOMY

LIB

André Maltais

Liberal

Mr. Andre Maltais (Manicouagan):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, I was very pleased when I found out that Quebec had finally decided to focus more attention on the North Shore, and I am referring to plans for establishing an aluminum refinery in Sept-Iles. Mr. Speaker, it is very important that Quebec and the federal Government co-operate on this project and ensure that it will come to fruition.

I know that the company concerned has already met federal officials and that the Canadian Government has confirmed and is prepared to take part in the project if it receives a request from the Kaiser Corporation.

Mr. Speaker, I hope that all parties in the House will be able to give their approval very shortly so that we can bring a new industry into the region, in order to put the economy back on the rails, and not only in Sept-Iles but in the entire region, which in addition to Sept-Iles includes Schefferville, Gagnon, Fermont, the people of Port Cartier, and the people on the lower North Shore, who all stand to benefit.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   ALL-PARTY SUPPORT REQUESTED FOR IMPROVING THE ECONOMY
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EMPLOYMENT

PC

Roch La Salle

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Joliette):

Mr. Speaker, I hope you will allow me to follow the example of my colleague from Verdun and welcome our famous guest. I want to congratulate him on his outstanding performance which has made all Canadians feel very proud. Mr. Speaker, this is the second time I mention this extraordinary performance.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the Minister responsible for student employment that the Government recently appointed a Minister of Youth. However, to give young people hope for the future, we must have budgets that are commensurate with the number of young people who will be looking for work this summer. As far as the Summer Canada Program is concerned, Mr. Speaker-and I know my colleagues are already aware of this-the interest expressed in it by young people vastly exceeds proposed funding.

Today, I want to urge the Minister to make additional funding available so that these young students will not be disappointed when they start looking for jobs this summer. In the circumstances ... I hear Hon. Members complaining, I am sure I do not know why, Mr. Speaker. On behalf of these young people, I would simply ask the Government to be responsible and compassionate, and to provide additional funding so that this summer, young students will be able to earn a few dollars to help them pay for their education. Mr. Speaker, that was the gist of what I wanted to say today, and I hope my colleagues were listening carefully.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SUPPLEMENTARY FUNDS FOR YOUNG STUDENTS
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PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF OLYMPIC ICE SKATING CHAMPION, GAETAN BOUCHER

LIB

Maurice James Harquail (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Harquail (Restigouche):

Mr. Speaker, I want to join with the Hon. Member for Verdum (Mr. Savard), and I am sure all members on all sides of the House will want to support me, when we recognize a great Canadian who has made us all very proud with his accomplishments at the Olympics. I am speaking of the two gold medal and bronze medal winner, Gaetan Boucher, who is here with his father and family today.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF OLYMPIC ICE SKATING CHAMPION, GAETAN BOUCHER
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF OLYMPIC ICE SKATING CHAMPION, GAETAN BOUCHER
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SHIPBUILDING

PC

Joseph Lloyd Reid

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Reid (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Association has recently reported that already in this year, 1984, four new foreign built supply ships have been registered for use in our East Coast offshore operations. Canadian shipyards could have built those vessels, and the benefit to Canada would have been in the order of $55 million. They were not built in Canada because of the availability of cheaper financing abroad, and muddled federal policies here.

Consider the obstacles facing the Canadian shipbuilder. Not only must the builder contend with direct and indirect subsidies offered by foreign competitors, the builder must also face

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the fact that the Canadian Government, the Government to which he pays taxes, will rebate up to 80 per cent of the importer's leasing costs or customs duty. A shipowner sourcing in Canada is not eligible for any rebate whatsoever. The result in 1983 was a record importation of foreign built vessels to Canada.

If the Government is serious about job creation and the preservation of a viable Canadian shipbuilding industry, let it act now to encourage sourcing in Canada. No industry should have to fight its own Government in the international marketplace.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   PLACEMENT OF ORDERS ABROAD
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FORESTRY

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Manly (Cowichan-Malahat-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, Canada's No. 1 industry continues to decline and the Liberal Government continues to ignore the problem. Yesterday the Minister of the Environment (Mr. Caccia), the Government's excuse for a Minister of Forestry, said that he was too busy to attend the inaugural luncheon for the Canadian Forest Industries Council.

Much of our traditional forest resource has been depleted. Twenty-five million hectares of logged-over lands have not been adequately restocked. Some of our traditional markets are drying up. Logging and sawmill communities suffer from widespread unemployment and economic insecurity. But the Minister does not have enough time to meet with industry representatives.

Long term forestry agreements have not been signed with the major forestry provinces. In 1984-85 British Columbia has to make do with an $11 million extension of an agreement, instead of a new agreement which would have seen over $100 million provided in federal-provincial funds.

This neglect of our basic industry must stop. As a start, the Government should establish a separate ministry of forestry with a full time minister, not a part time person who is out to lunch whenever forest industry representatives come to call.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
Sub-subtopic:   CALL FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF SEPARATE MINISTRY
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March 14, 1984